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May 10, 2015 10:35 PM CST
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
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I am always trying to downsize and not being very successful. I am looking to add only high performing/beautiful iris. Please list a few of yours that you would not live without. Pictures will be great too.

Thank you,
Teresa in KY

Stairway to Heaven
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May 10, 2015 11:48 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Tomorrow might be something different but today I was impressed with these two:

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May 11, 2015 12:18 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I'll have to think on this, Teresa...........
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May 11, 2015 12:35 AM CST
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Birds Bulbs Region: California Dragonflies Foliage Fan Irises
Keeper of Poultry Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2015
'Mulled Wine'
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Iris pallida 'Aurea Variegata', aka "Zebra"
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'Spring Bliss'.. I have pictures of it in bloom last year from March, June, July, September, October & November... and it had buds in January that got wet and rotted and foiled it's winter bloom.
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'Dynamite'- picture says it all.. Abundant, large flowers.. long bloom.


'Splashacta'- early, prolific, and long bloom.
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It's a tie between 'That's All Folks' and 'Smart Money'.. This color makes me happy.
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...and of course my beloved purple plicata NOID that I've had forever. I've got several clumps and it looks good with everything. Outperforms most other Iris in the garden, and has a stately presence.
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I'm also fond of: 'Indian Chief', 'Quaker Lady', several blue NOIDS, Pledge Allegiance, a large yellow historic NOID... Oh gosh.. it's endless... There were many that I got last year that I just swooned when I saw them bloom.. Ask this again in a year, and I'm sure I'll have more additions.
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May 11, 2015 7:01 AM CST
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Birds Hummingbirder Hybridizer Irises Lilies Peonies
Sempervivums Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: United States of America Vegetable Grower Hostas Heucheras
Thank you for posting. I have one that is similar to our last one. It is Jesse's Song. Anyone have a problem with weak stalks on theirs? They make a nice bouquet inside.
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May 11, 2015 7:10 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Hi Teresa -- I've had Jesse's Song in my Iris beds for eons -- no weak stalks at all. Just the opposite, in fact -- I never have a bloom stalk of JS on the ground -- regardless of wind, rain, etc.

Is yours planted where it is in the shade for part of the day?
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May 11, 2015 7:31 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Based on "sentiment" :

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My NOID 3^ , or "Mrs. B's" I *think* it's Pink Satin

Based on Aroma:
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Based on based on form of the whole plant(bloom, stature, braching):
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Based on "good plant habit" (increase, disease resistance , # of flowers, substance):

Snow Maiden (Chadwick 1935) Dwarf it would be classed SDB by todays rules
Based on reliable Rebloom:
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Earl Of Essex (Zurbrigg 1979)

As long as I'm on TOP of the dirt, these will be IN my dirt !
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May 11, 2015 7:59 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I take it you are looking for our favorites that are also good increases and bloomers? Which, for me, is different than my favorites that bloom every year, but only a few blooms at a time.

I am at work, or I would post my pictures. I would say for a good dark purple that grows well, has tons of blooms, and never needs staking I would say Badlands
or it's progeny Coal Seams
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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May 11, 2015 8:23 AM CST
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Birds Hummingbirder Hybridizer Irises Lilies Peonies
Sempervivums Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: United States of America Vegetable Grower Hostas Heucheras
Is Badlands a bicolor? It is beautiful!
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May 11, 2015 9:00 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
I have a NoID purple that is my favorite purple TB. I don't have a photo that does it justice. It is a wonderfully big, purple, purple, purple, full bloom. It is one that everyone stops to see. So hard to pick favorites. They start running through my mind like a slide show. However, no matter how beautiful or unique a bloom is, if it falls over, wilts in a day or sulks, it will never be my favorite. I guess the old saying is true 'pretty is as pretty does'. A sulky flower does not seem like a happy flower.
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May 11, 2015 9:19 AM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Irises Plant Identifier Hummingbirder Birds
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Butterflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
My NOID purple I will not do without. Long bloom, great increases, very dependable. And I love the color.

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War Chief. What's not to like? The flowers are big.
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This NOID may or may not be Blackcurrent. Increases, reliable and beautiful.
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May 11, 2015 9:30 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Badlands is a self. It really glows in the sun and has a nice velvety appearance. I have been really pleased with it's increase, and a clump of them is fantastic. I will post a pic when I get home.

Sure are a lot of nice purple NoIDs out there - wonder if it is because they are hard to identify?
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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May 11, 2015 9:37 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
Perhaps because if they are a self the differences would be minute. Often that results in a garden visitor saying 'I have one just like it' and going home and labeling an iris with a wrong name. Then when grown side by side, or when blooms are cut and vased for an event and placed side by side, people will say they don't know which is which and both become a NoID. Some peoples thought processes are chaotic and this results in chaos. The garden does not like chaos.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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May 11, 2015 9:59 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I agree with some of what you say, Bonnie.......applying a name to an iris is often done very 'willy nilly", but , really, when you get down to brass tacks........the FLOWER doesn't care what it's name is ! it's only us 'anal types" that care! A name matters if you want to tell someone which plant they should buy, if they want one "just like yours", but, If you give them some of yours..........again, the name is unimportant........ the same plant can be called many, many things, by many different gardeners......and still be just a as much of a joy to everyone. I grow a few a lot of "hand-me -down "iris that were from my Mothers garden, and I've tried to put "Real names" to them....sometimes successfully, and some times not.......there are a couple of them, that are just ,plain "butt-ugly"....muddy colors, rotten form, lousy substance.......and I wouldn't part with them for the world ! If I tried to "gift" one of these to somebody else.....they would run away, screaming, I'm sure Sticking tongue out ! Whether we get enjoyment from creating a 'new" iris hybrid, or from "saving" an old ,forgotten cultivar from obscurity, or seeing if we can grow a better" example" of it than anyone else, and bring home a Blue Ribbon, or just want to brighten up our little corner of the world, the Iris will do it's best to oblige us !
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May 11, 2015 10:04 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
and some of those 'muddy' old irises are the staunchest growers that can be planted in country cemeteries and around old trees and along fence rows. Seen up close and as an individual they may look ugly but from a distance and as a clump they make a beautiful display. And, they are the survivors. They will grow and bloom long after I cease to. smiles
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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May 11, 2015 10:05 AM CST
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Birds Bulbs Region: California Dragonflies Foliage Fan Irises
Keeper of Poultry Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2015
Who you callin' anal?!? Rolling on the floor laughing
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May 11, 2015 10:10 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
If the shoe fits ..................... Rolling on the floor laughing
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May 11, 2015 10:22 AM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Region: California Organic Gardener Daylilies Irises Hummingbirder
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Well, I have to give my #1 spot to Coffee Shop - a Blyth creation.
Part of it was because it was my first tb of the year to flower - I was anxiously waiting - and it was big and beautiful.
But I still have some about to bloom that may knock it out of first place. I reserve the right to
change my mind! Smiling


these are close contenders:

Haunted Heart (Keppel)


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Chinese Treasure - an early Blyth - one of the first to bloom in April - and still blooming!



Coffee Whispers (Blyth)

adding Love of Life (Ghio) which was gorgeous, but a little short - maybe the drought?



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May 11, 2015 10:43 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
Good choices, Jan. I could not choose between them.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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May 11, 2015 11:26 AM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Region: California Organic Gardener Daylilies Irises Hummingbirder
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Thanks, Bonnie!

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